Both of the chicks at the H&G nest have fledged!
This is the nest that had been scheduled as the second burn this season.
Thanks to the support of all of you, that burn did not occur.
Fly, Big Chick and Little Chick and parents Hershey and Godiva.
in the photo below
Big Chick as just taken off, while Little Chick watches from way down the tree.
Quizzical, video of this morning’s flight lesson. Yep, that’s Quiz that just flew across from the upper right. Now watch as Quiz comes back around and gets closer to the nest, to no avail. Bails out. And well, the next few moments I added a slow motion so you can see the crash landing. video is at https://flic.kr/p/Hs5fLH.
In the photo, the blur of wings in front of the nest and to the lower left is Quizzical. Quizzical was unhurt.
At last! A clear shot of Quizzical.
Full of himself and trying hard to look eagle-fierce.
I had not seen Quiz since Saturday and I had been looking hard.
Quiz had been missing for 2 days.
His parents Kate and Petruchio had called and called and looked everywhere.
Doc announces when Quiz gets back home.
in the photo:
Kate is in the nest and Petruchio is on the upper right – both looking for their fledgling.
Birds have a built-in lens protector that flicks across their eyes.
This third eyelid is called a nictitating membrane.
It allows the bird to still see while its eyes have extra protection.
You can see the translucency as the nictitating membrane slides across the osprey’s eye.
Quizzical is branching
going from low branch to low branch
gaining skills for the next step – fledging.
It will not be long before Quiz takes flight away from the nest.
Note: that’s not me talking in the video – the voices are from a boat in the cove.